Apr 21, 2013

Those four letter will make or break any training cycle. If you are told anything else by someone then they have never spent hard time under the iron. Rest is the key to reaching your ultimate goals. Without it you will soon burn out and fail.

I, like everyone else reading this, have very busy lives. I currently work for two different fire departments, life guard through my local ymca at a retirement community, trying to get my photography business up and running, spend time and further enhance my relationship with my amazing wife, take care of my house and work on improving it, plan for our vacation, and to top it all off now I have a ton of yard work to accomplish. This month alone I will work over 300 hours in my paid jobs and next month I will be doing even more. And that does not include any of my training, which I get in around my work schedule and try to do four days a week leading up to Raw Nationals. So ya, rest is important!

Also like everyone else reading this I push myself very hard. I don’t like having off days from training because I feel if I take a day off I am cheating myself. Last week was a training day after work. I had trained the two previous days and in my head had planned to train the third after my guard shift. I got home from work, did some stuff around the yard and after that I was burnt out that day. I kept trying to get the motivation to get to the gym but it just was not there. I need a rest day. My body needed that time off just to reset itself. And doing so really helped. My next training day I hit an easy triple of 555 on my deadlift @9rpe. The weight moved fast and smooth. And I do not think this would have happened if I had not taken the time off and rested.

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” 

― Maya Angelou

To further ones self you must have the drive to preform, the dreams to accomplish your goals, the determination to never give up, and the confidence to step away from the world around you.


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  1. Josh and I have been talking about this very topic since he moved here in 2009. It is an integral part of any training program to program in rest periods. We try to take off one month out of every year at minimum. You recover 100%, mentally recharge, regain focus, and when training resumes, we bounce back within 2-3 weeks and usually come back stronger than ever with even more determination than ever. Its great! Nice post! People need to listen to your advice!

  2. I hate taking days off too but your right. Having that rest is KEY!

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